The deliciuos red raspberries, blueberries and strawberries I had in my smoothie this morning had not only great flavor but are very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight damage to cells from rogue molecules called "free radicals." Experts believe this assault on cells may fuel killer diseases such as heart disease and cancer, and even aging itself.
Berries are not only high in antioxidants but also dietary fiber. While a healthy, refreshing berry smoothie is always a good start, you’ll appreciate these delicious fruits in everything from salads to desserts.
Fresh and frozen berries can be used interchangeably. Enjoy these delicious ideas for both:
- Add to fruit salads, juice blends and smoothies, like this Berry Smoothie.
- Add frozen berries to fresh lemonade or a glass of ice tea
- Sprinkle over ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt or any favorite non-dairy frozen dessert.
- Sprinkle over a fresh green salad. Here’s a crispy cool Triple Berry Salad.
- Eat them plain, or dip them in a bit of sour cream and brown sugar.
- Make a cobbler, crisp or crumble, like this Berry Cobbler
- Dip in dark chocolate and freeze for a fun, delicious treat.
Berries are fragile and highly perishable — treat with care! Choose berries that are plump, dry and even-colored. If possible, store in the original container for no more than two days. Do not wash until just before using. Wash very gently and pat dry before serving.
Lucky for us, berries freeze beautifully. Wash carefully to maintain shape. Pat dry and place in a plastic bag. Keep frozen to use as needed.